Oscar Nominees Sam Jackson and Paul Giamatti Board DreamWorks’ ‘Turbo’

TurboAmericans loves three things: underdogs, celebrities and things that go really, really fast. They’re also partial to gastropods, but that’s a little further down on the list. In any event, DreamWorks’ new animated picture Turbo will please lovers of any and all of these phenomena.

The company just announced that big names such as Samuel L. JacksonPaul GiamattiMaya RudolphMichelle RodriguezSnoop DoggBill HaderLuis GuzmanKen JeongMichael PeñaRichard JenkinsBen Schwartz and Kurtwood Smith will all lend their recognizable voices to the picture, which is targeting a June 7, 2013 release.

 Ryan Reynolds leads the all-star cast in the studio’s latest venture, playing the title character Turbo – a big-dreaming snail who wishes to become an Indy 500 racer. Turbo gets the chance after a freak occurrence that instills him with the gift of lightning speed, much to the dismay of his fellow snails (who, as you might assume, prefer to take things slow).

While fast-talking Reynolds is perfect for this role, he’s not the only highlight of the film: Turbo’s eclectic, ethnic cast features many pop culture favorites with distinct vocal attributes that are well-suited for an animated romp. This cast alone is enough to get the engines revving on this fun new story from DreamWorks.
Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.